42 days in China, India & Japan Itinerary

42 days in China, India & Japan Itinerary

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Mumbai, India
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Jaipur, India
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Agra, India
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New Delhi, India
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Osaka, Japan
— 3 nights
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Nara, Japan
— 2 nights
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Kyoto, Japan
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Tokyo, Japan
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Beijing, China
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Shanghai, China
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Xi'an, China
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Guilin, China
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Mumbai, India

— 3 nights

Gateway to India

Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Mumbai is known for historic sites, scenic drive, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Gateway of India, get engrossed in the history at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, make a trip to Marine Drive, and take a stroll through Nariman Point.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Mumbai online tour itinerary maker.

Baghdad, Iraq to Mumbai is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Baghdad to Mumbai is 2.5 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Baghdad in December, with highs in Mumbai at 38°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can fly to Jaipur.

Things to do in Mumbai

Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 4:

Jaipur, India

— 3 nights

Pink City

Known as the "Pink City" because of the color of the stone used for many of its notable structures, Jaipur draws visitors with its chaotic street life and a slew of colorful bazaars selling everything from handmade pottery to tie-dye scarves.
Jaipur is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Amber Palace, don't miss a visit to Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind, explore the galleries of City Palace of Jaipur, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Jaipur day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Mumbai to Jaipur takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Mumbai in December; daily highs in Jaipur reach 30°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to fly to Agra.

Things to do in Jaipur

Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 7:

Agra, India

— 3 nights

Taj City

Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Venture out of the city with trips to Keoladeo National Park (in Bharatpur) and Fatehpur Sikri (Lotus Throne & Panch Mahal - Fatehpur Sikri). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Taj Mahal, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, admire the landmark architecture of Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, and stroll through Wildlife SoS Bear Sanctuary.

Make your Agra itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by flight from Jaipur to Agra takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to New Delhi.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 10:

New Delhi, India

— 3 nights
Designed by notable English architects and proclaimed India's capital in 1931, New Delhi sits in the middle of a sprawling metropolitan area with a population of over 25 million.
New Delhi is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Humayun's Tomb, don't miss a visit to Qutub Minar, take in nature's colorful creations at Akshardham, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the New Delhi online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Agra to New Delhi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in December, and nighttime lows around 10°C. On the 13th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Osaka.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Transportation
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 13:

Osaka, Japan

— 3 nights
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Universal Studios Japan, Kyocera Dome Osaka and Yanmar Studium Nagai. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory, and see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Osaka driving holiday planning website.

Getting from New Delhi to Osaka by flight takes about 12 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from New Delhi to Osaka, you'll lose 3.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Delhi in December, you will find days in Osaka are cooler (13°C), and nights are little chillier (4°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Osaka

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 17:

Nara, Japan

— 2 nights

Ancient City

The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
On the 17th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Todaiji Keidaicho, appreciate the history behind Todai-ji Temple, examine the collection at Todaiji Temple Cultural Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kasuga Grand Shrine, then walk around Nara Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yakushi-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodai-ji Temple, stop by Naramachi Nakanishi Yosaburo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kofuku-ji Temple, then browse for treasures at Experience YAMATO, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daibutsuden.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nara route planning site.

Traveling by car from Osaka to Nara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites · Shopping · Classes · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:

Kyoto, Japan

— 3 nights
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Ueno Park has been added to your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Onsen Resorts (in Koka) and Moku Moku Farm (in Iga). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinkaku-ji, wander the streets of Gion, and stop by Arashiyama.

Plan trip to Kyoto with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Nara to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Kyoto can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas · Baths

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:

Tokyo, Japan

— 3 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Yodobashi Camera Shinjuku West Main Store, Kabukiza Theater, The National Art Center, Tokyo, and other attractions. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower, appreciate the history behind Hachiko, and get a sense of history and politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Tokyo road trip website.

Getting from Kyoto to Tokyo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Beijing.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:

Beijing, China

— 3 nights
As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
Your day by day itinerary now includes National Olympic Sports Center, Beijing Workers' Stadium and Niaochao National Stadium. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Mutianyu Great Wall, examine the collection at National Museum Of China, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ming Tombs (Ming Shishan Ling), and make a trip to Bell and Drum Towers.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Beijing trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Tokyo to Beijing by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, car, and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tokyo to Beijing due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tokyo in December, you will find days in Beijing are little chillier (5°C), and nights are much colder (-8°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Shanghai.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:

Shanghai, China

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Orient

With a nickname like the "Pearl of the Orient," it's not surprising Shanghai offers some of the most rewarding attractions and activities in the Far East.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Shanghai Auto Museum, Jiangwan Sports Complex and Shanghai Stadium. The adventure continues: make a trip to The Bund (Wai Tan), shop like a local with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), admire the striking features of Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), and examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan).

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Shanghai attractions planner.

You can fly from Beijing to Shanghai in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in December, you will find days in Shanghai are a bit warmer (13°C), and nights are warmer (5°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can fly to Xi'an.

Things to do in Shanghai

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Classes
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:

Xi'an, China

— 3 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Spend the 1st (Sat) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), and make a trip to Muslim Quarter.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Xi'an journey website.

You can fly from Shanghai to Xi'an in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Shanghai in December; daily highs in Xi'an reach 8°C and lows reach -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can fly to Guilin.

Things to do in Xi'an

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:

Guilin, China

— 3 nights
The riverside karst landscape around Guilin has long made it a favorite with Chinese poets, photographers, and travelers.
When in Guilin, make a side trip to see River Rafting & Tubing in Yangshuo County, approximately Yangshuo County away. There's much more to do: Head underground at Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan), explore the activities along Li River, walk around Wave-Subduing Hill Park, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Guilin visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Guilin takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Xi'an in January: highs in Guilin hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Guangzhou.

Things to do in Guilin

Parks · Nature · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:

Guangzhou, China

— 3 nights
A massive metropolis and critical international trading hub, Guangzhou sprawls along the Pearl River, distinctly vibrant and cosmopolitan.
Guangdong Olympic Stadium has been added to your itinerary. Explore Guangzhou's surroundings by going to Hong Kong (Heritage of Mei Ho House, Food Tours, &more) and Macau (Ruins of St. Paul's & Largo do Senado (Senado Square)). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Shamian Island, examine the collection at Chen Clan Ancestral Hall-Folk Craft Museum, get to know the resident critters at Guangzhou Zoo, and don't miss a visit to Canton Tower.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Guangzhou trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Guilin to Guangzhou in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Guilin in January: high temperatures in Guangzhou hover around 22°C and lows are around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Guangzhou

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:

India travel guide

4.6
Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings · Beaches
It may very well be fair to call India "incredible," given its mind-boggling diversity of landscapes, climates, cultures, and languages. The world's largest democracy, and second only to China in terms of population, India contains majestic peaks dusted with glistening snow, sun-drenched beaches, ancient hand-carved temples, and sprawling cities jam-packed with people, vehicles, and animals. Many tour India during the country's devotional festivals, which range from immense parades that convert cities into giant performance stages, to simple farming fairs dedicated to relatively obscure local deities. Whenever you choose to vacation in India, make sure you see some of the country's World Heritage Sites, which include the legendary Taj Mahal and Chilika Lake, the planet's second-largest lagoon.

Japan travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Parks
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.

China travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Observation Decks · History Museums
With well over 1.3 billion residents, China represents the most populous country in the world, considered by many the cradle of civilization thanks to its history spanning many millennia. While a single trip to China rarely satisfies curious travelers, a well-organized tour reveals a land of awe-inspiring natural scenery, ancient monuments, and giant cities, where the diverse population includes almost 60 different ethnic groups speaking dozens of distinct languages. While many Westerners may know China mostly for its centuries-old tradition of martial arts, discerning travelers visit this vast nation for its outstanding cuisine, pristine landscapes, epic train journeys, and small towns of hardworking and genuinely hospitable people.